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More Shipbuilding Jobs Lost

Already planning to lay off 900 workers from shipbuilding yards in Louisiana and Mississippi, Northrop Grumman Corp. reports that an additional 1,000 jobs in Louisiana and Mississippi will be lost to attrition, according to a report on GadsdenTimes.com. Since a hiring freeze was started last summer, 400 vacant positions have gone unfilled following resignations and retirements. The company said it expects to eliminate another 600 jobs through attrition within 12 months. On Monday, the company reported that it will lay off about 900 workers, mostly welders, over the next four months. Those layoffs are on top of 120 drafters and designers laid off from Northrop shipyards in January.


Marinette Marine Recall of Employees

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MARINETTE, Wis. − April 22, 2011 – Marinette Marine Corporation is currently in the process of recalling all of their laid off employees. Work is ramping up on The Alaska Region Research Vessel, the NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel, along with continued work on the LCS Fort Worth. Work is also starting on LCS-5 the USS Milwaukee. The recall of the remaining laid-off employees marks an important milestone for the Company


Aker Maritime To Eliminate 350 Jobs, 250 More By Year-End

Norwegian offshore supply firm Aker Maritime officials have announced the elimination of 350 jobs out of 1,070 at its Aker Verdal yard and said that the company would probably lay off 250 more workers from the yard by the end of 1999. "The decision is in line with plans announced earlier, and reflects a lower level of activity and depressed market prospects for the yard," officials said.


Hanjin Union Ends 190-Day Strike

According to a report from The Chosun Ilbo, the labor union of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction's shipbuilding unit agreed on June 27 to end a strike that has lasted for over six months. The company will not rehire laid-off workers, but will compensate them if they voluntarily retire. Both sides also agreed to drop the legal cases against each other.    Source: The Chosun Ilbo


Labor, Maritime Business Coalition Urge Congress to Avoid CR

A bipartisan coalition urge Congress to pass a Defense Appropriation Bill to avoid another Continuing Resolution (CR) & Sequestration. A bipartisan coalition of labor unions and maritime business owners affiliated with the Shipbuilding Council of America have jointly sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass a defense appropriations bill and avoid sequestration cuts before the Navy begins widespread lay-offs and cancellation of ship maintenance on February 15, 2013.


Aquatic Completes First Carousel Project

Carousel on board: Image credit Aquatic

Aquatic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd, an Acteon company and subsidiary of Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd, inform it has successfully completed its new carousel, the AQCS-01-1500 maiden project. Aquatic partnered with integrated subsea services provider Kreuz Subsea on the project. The carousel was successfully used to install 9.7km of 218mm diameter umbilical in the South Belut field offshore Indonesia for ConocoPhillips


NOIA President Drilling Moratorium Job Losses

“Today’s report from the Obama Administration on the job losses caused by their blanket deepwater drilling moratorium downplays the true impact being felt in the Gulf Region,” said Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association. “It will be no comfort to these unemployed workers to read how their plight could be worse had the Department’s earlier estimates of 23,000 rendered jobless been realized.”


Nichols Brothers Resumes Work

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders returned to work after the company laid off 185 employees Nov. 2. Shortly thereafter, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, a move necessitated by a big lawsuit filed by a disgruntled customer. While the bankruptcy issues are far from settled, Nichols Brothers was allowed to negotiate with individual boat owners to see that their projects, shut down on Nov. 2, could be completed.


Singapore: Maritime Firms Opting for Foreigners

Office of the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore (Source: Wiki Commons)

Singapore’s perceived shortage of qualified, competitive maritime staff has come more evident, as  foreign applicants often pip Singaporeans.   A report from The Straits Times says that employers in the maritime sector say that foreign applicants often pip Singaporeans to the job because of a sense that they are more willing to work under the tough conditions in the industry.   Last week maritime company Prime Gold International was barred by the authorities from


Outboard Marine To Lay Off 1,000

Boat manufacturer Outboard Marine Corp. said on Tuesday it plans to reduce its worldwide workforce by about 1,000 employees, or about 14 percent of its staff, and retained an investment banking firm to evaluate strategic options. The company said the moves to reduce costs and improve focus on key business segments are necessary to offset softness in the company's operating performance, which resulted primarily from material supplier problems in the engine division along with a recent


EUROPA 2 Undergoes First Scheduled Docking

As part of its first scheduled docking, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 underwent technical maintenance at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg from April 11-24, 2015.   At the same time, cosmetic repairs and modernization work were carried out on board: the Sansibar and the Sushi Restaurant Sakura


Gondan Lays Keef for IMR Oceanographic Vessel

Gondan Shipyard has celebrated at its facilities in Figueras the keel laying ceremony of the new Oceanographic Research Vessel for the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway. Several representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Keel laying Ceremony of Damen PSVs for Atlantic Towing

PSV 5000 Keel laying lowres

  In a keel laying ceremony attended by key client representatives, Damen Shipyards Galaţimarked the start of construction of two Platform Supply Vessels – PSV 5000 – for Canadian maritime services provider Atlantic Towing. The 90-metre vessels are part of a multiple vessel order


Oil Majors Push Offshore Players for 30% Cuts

Tidewater, Inc.’s Dean Edward Taylor plows full steam ahead.

Smart players leverage low debt, adjust work schedules, seek spot gigs and new markets 30%That’s the minimum level of capital expenditure cuts facing owners and operators of offshore rigs, vessels and various support services, as they scramble to keep equipment working and their heads


NOAA’s National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy Opposed

Implementation Plan

  Recently, NOAA Fisheries released the implementation plan to support the latest National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy. The policy, announced at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show in February, was developed with input from recreational fishing and boating communities


Chevron Hires Norce Endeavour for Thailand Ops

Norce Endeavour. Pic courtesy: Solstad Offshore ASA

 Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) has fixed the 2011-built 18,000 dwt crane barge Norce Endeavour to Chevron for work in Thailand next year for around 200 days.   Solstad has received confirmation from Chevron in Thailand for the 2016 Offshore Installation Campaign utilizing its Derrick Lay


Talking Offshore Employment with Faststream’s Chief Executive

Mark Charman

With the energy market swoon in full blossom, Maritime Reporter checked in with Mark Charman, chief executive of global recruiting leader Faststream, for his insights on the breadth and depth of the impact to the offshore employment market.   Uncertainty.


Graffiti Mural on Deurganck Dock Lock completed

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  The giant mural on one of the walls of the Deurganck dock lock has been completed. Graffiti artist Cazn took a total of 10 weeks to complete the 300 meter long and 9 metre high mural which starts with a desert landscape then merges into birds in a nature reserve followed by colourful fish


Russia to Construct New Icebreakers

New family of icebreakers

  Flagship of a new family of icebreakers for Russian Navy will be laid at the Admiralteyskiye Verfi shipyards in St Petersburg on April 23. The icebreaker will get the name of The Ilya Muromets after the famous hero of olden Russian legends and will be put on the tables of equipment of


U.S. Submits Formal Plan for Paris Climate Talks

The United States on Tuesday formally submitted its climate change strategy to the United Nations, outlining domestic measures it is taking to achieve up to a 28 percent greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2025. The submission lays out how the United States "will roughly double the pace"


US Navy: Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

Laura Stavridis (right) and Bob Merchent (second from right) mark their initials on the keel plate for the destroyerJohn Finn (DDG 113) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Stavridis is the ship’s sponsor; Merchent is Ingalls’ vice president of U.S. Coast Guard and surface combatant programs. Also pictured are (left to right) George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. Photo by Lance Davis

The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.  During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged


Statoil: Polarled Pipe-Laying Kicks Off

The Polarled pipe-laying operation is scheduled  to be completed by the end of August. (Photo: Lillian Aasheim/Shell)

On 26 March, the Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started on the first stage of the Polarled installation project. The 482-kilometre long pipeline will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna in western Norway.


Third Superyacht under Construction at Sunrise Yachts

Sunrise 45m Atomic:  Sunrise Yachts

 After successful launches of two 45m Sunrise vessels – superyacht Africa (2009) and luxury yacht Atomic (2014) – the Turkish shipyard has recently laid the keel of the third 45m motor yacht at its yard in Antalya, with a scheduled completion time of 26 months.   


Financial Pressure Forces PDVSA to Embraces Pragmatism

By Alexandra Ulmer and Marianna Parraga CARACAS/HOUSTON, March 13 (Reuters) - A subtle change in office attire may be the most telling symbol of a quiet revolution taking place inside Venezuela's troubled economic engine, giant oil firm PDVSA.


Remontowa to Build Ferries for BC Ferries

Image by BC Ferries

 Polish shipyard Remontowa Shipbuilding SA has signed a contract for building three car-and-passenger ferries for the Canadian ship owner - BC Ferries Company, said Xinhua.   The Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard in the Polish seaside city of Gdansk has laid down the keel of the first






 
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